Russia’s ‘Werewolf Killer’ to spend rest of his life behind bars

A former Russian policeman has been handed two life sentences after confessing to more than 80 murders from the 1990s and 2000s. Mikhail Popkov will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted of a total of 84 counts of murder and attempted murder. He was convicted of killing 80 women and one man, another policeman, over a decades-long reign of terror in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. The bodies of horrifically mutilated women were found with injuries so severe the murderer was dubbed the “Werewolf Killer” by Russian media. “He clearly loved killing,” prosecutor Alexander Shkinyov said after his sentencing on Monday, The Siberian Times reported.

Discovered in isolated areas, almost all of the women had been raped. Popkov’s killing career began in 1992, with his homicidal tendencies ignited after he suspected his wife had been unfaithful to him. His victims were aged between 16 and 40. Excerpts from his confession were published by Russian news site Komsomolskaya Pravda, revealing Popkov’s justification for the slayings. His justification for the murders was that he was “cleaning” the city from “fallen women”.

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